Re: Fender 1952 telecaster question!! Help please :)
I have one. The finish will smooth out over time, but if you cant wait you can knock down the gloss pretty easily. You dont have to take all the finish off, just knock down the gloss. I think some guys use very fine steel wool, or very fine sandpaper. It doesnt take much.
Also, if you're looking into the Hot Rod version, remember it will have a flatter, more modern fretboard radius, mini-humbucker, and hotter single coil. Depending on the sound you are going for, it may or may not be for you. I bought the more period correct version, with the 7.25" radius and vintage pickups.
Good luck, you'll enjoy either one!